Dr. Sara Via, Professor of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park, will introduce the basic principles of soil health and discuss how microbial life in the soil is essential to plant health. She will discuss what makes healthy soil, what degrades soil health, how to know if your soil is healthy, and how to increase soil health if it needs improvement.
Jay Ford, Executive Director of Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper, will focus on the practicalities of carbon farming and will drill down briefly into the unique importance of carbon as the best results metric. He will cover some specific methods suitable for large, medium, and small scale farmers slides and will cover ideal annual, mixed, and perennial cropping systems.
Meredith Lathbury Girard, Senior Program Officer at Town Creek Foundation will moderate. This panel discussion is co-hosted by the CFN, Town Creek Foundation, and Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology.